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Brad Keselowski finished 25th or worse in his first two Atlanta starts. His next two attempts ended in results of sixth and third, and finally his latest two ended in DNFs and 30-something results.

Keselowski hopes he can continue that pattern because he is due to earn a top-10. He will roll of the grid 12th on Sunday and will not have far to go to crack that mark.
Feb 28 - 5:38 PM

When Matt Kenseth failed to clear inspection on Friday, it snapped a four-race streak of qualifying in the top 10 at Atlanta.

In those races, Kenseth scored three top-10 finishes and a 12th so he knows how to get around the track. He should move up quickly and that will be good in games that offer place differential points. Kenseth has finished on the lead lap at Atlanta in 15 consecutive races.
Feb 28 - 5:22 PM

Ryan Newman will be seeking his third straight Atlanta top-10 this week. He finished fifth in 2013 and was seventh in 2014.

Newman got the weekend off to a strong start with his seventh-place qualification run, but he was not quite a fast in practice. His top speed of 187.253 mph was only about 17th on the grid.
Feb 28 - 5:11 PM

Sprint Cup regular Kevin Harvick wins the Hisense 250, his 45th victory in 317 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.

This is the No. 88 Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet Camaro driver's fourth victory and 11th top-10 finish in 14 NXS races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This is also Harvick's third consecutive NXS victory at the Hampton, Georgia track. He led a race-high 101 laps of the 163 lap event.
Feb 28 - 4:34 PM

Denny Hamlin has three top-10s in his last four Atlanta races. Starting fourth this weekend, he would like to make that four-for-five.

Hamlin posted the fourth-fastest time in final practice and had the quickest 10-lap average so he has a good shot at doing so. He should be considered one of the favorites this week.
Feb 28 - 4:13 PM

Sam Hornish Jr. may be closing in on a top-10 finish at Atlanta. His last start on this track ended in an 11th with Roger Penske in 2012.

Hornish has a good chance to finish that well since he scored his career-best start on Friday. He rolls off the grid eighth this weekend and he was 15th in his last start at Atlanta.
Feb 28 - 4:07 PM

Sprint Cup regular Brad Keselowski wins the Keystone Light Pole Award for the Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 with a lap of 31.314 seconds, 177.045 mph.

This is the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150 driver's second pole in 63 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. It is his first pole and first top-10 NCWTS start in 2015. This is Keselowski's first pole in four NCWTS races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Feb 28 - 2:15 PM

Kasey Kahne posted the fastest single lap of qualification behind Kevin Harvick in final practice after the No. 4 blew an engine. Kahne’s top speed was 189.805 mph compared to Harvick’s 191.054 mph.

Kahne is the defending winner of this race and he starts exactly where he did in 2014. Last year, he slipped back into the middle of the pack for a while, but he could be a great choice if he can maintain his spot on Sunday through the first half of the event.
Feb 28 - 1:23 PM

Kevin Harvick blew an engine in Saturday’s practice for the Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500. He will be forced to the back of the pack when the team makes an engine change. He will give up his outside pole start. Prior to blowing, Harvick had the fastest single lap of practice at 191.054 mph.

Under normal circumstances that might be a huge deficit, but with Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, and Tony Stewart failing to post a qualification lap, there will be a lot of drivers coming from the back.
Feb 28 - 12:33 PM

Sprint Cup regular Joey Logano will not only start Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race on the pole but he also won the Coors Light Pole Award for today's XFINITY Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

His lap of 184.162 mph in the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang earned him his 27th pole in 136 NASCAR XFINITY Series races. It is his first pole in five XFINITY Series races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Feb 28 - 11:58 AM

In 21 previous starts at Atlanta, Biffle has scored 10 top-10s and another four top-15s, but he rarely finds the very front of the pack. Biffle has only three top-fives, the best of which was a third in 2005.

Biffle should only be used by fantasy players if he fits a specific niche on their roster. Otherwise save him for Kansas, Bristol, or Michigan where he has his three-best career-average finishes.
Feb 28 - 11:54 AM

Paul Menard has finished on the lead lap three times in four previous Atlanta attempts with Richard Childress Racing. His best result with this team was an eighth in 2012.

Menard can find the front of the pack on occasion because he also has a seventh with Dale Earnhardt Inc. in his inaugural attempt and a fifth with Richard Petty Motorsports in 2010. His career average is 20.5, which makes this his seventh-best track in that regard.
Feb 28 - 11:15 AM

On Sunday, Regan Smith will make his first start at Atlanta since the 2012 season. He finished 14th that afternoon racing for Barney Visser.

Notably, Smith lost his ride with Visser to make room for Kurt Busch. Now Smith is subbing for the suspended Busch and probably wants to make a statement. Intangibles such as that are hard to quantify, but they are real and powerful.
Feb 28 - 11:04 AM

Since joining Michael Waltrip Racing in 2012, Clint Bowyer has consistently struggled at Atlanta. His career-best finish with this team was a 27th in 2012 and his last two efforts ended in the high 30s.

Bowyer has not gotten off to a much stronger start this week with a 25th-best effort in qualification. That position would probably have been worse if not for 13 cars that failed to clear the inspection line, so Bowyer is probably best left in the garage. His all-time career best on this track is sixth, which he earned four times. The most recent occasion was back in 2009.
Feb 28 - 10:57 AM

Trevor Bayne has made 22 previous starts on NASCAR’s similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks and has one top-10 to show for his effort. That strong run came Las Vegas in 2012 when he finished ninth after starting 25th.

This week, Bayne starts a little deeper in the field in 29th and it is his first attempt with Roush-Fenway Racing. There are several drivers at his level and below who are more predictable, so it might be prudent for fantasy players to wait a week. NASCAR visits Las Vegas after Atlanta.
Feb 28 - 10:50 AM


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